This is a continuum from previous articles. If you want to see the February holidays for week 1 and week 2, visit here and here (respectively).
15. Susan B. Anthony Day: Susan B. Anthony was a major American Civil Rights leader who focused on women’s rights. She was born on February 15, 1820 and died on March 13, 1906, 14 years before the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote. The Susan B. Anthony one dollar coin was created in her honor – it was only minted for four years (1979,1980,1981,1999).
National Gumdrop Day: This gooey pectin or gelatin-based candy is a popular decoration for gingerbread houses, cupcakes, and cakes. Exact origins are unknown, but a commonly thought origin is from Percy Trusdale in 1801.
16. National Almond Day: Almonds are the seeds from the almond tree. The tree is native to southern Asia and the Middle East. There are many uses for the almond, ranging from Chinese almond jelly to Iranian Chaqalu bâdom (sea salt dipped green almonds and served on the street markets) to Italian amaretti (almond macaroons).
17. My Way Day: A perfect day to do what you want (legalities first). February 17 is Paris Hilton’s birthday and she is known for doing what she wants. Perhaps My Way Day falling on her birthday is more than coincidence.
National PTA Founders Day: The founders of PTA (Parent Teacher Association), Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Alice McLellan Birney, created this organization in 1897. The many aspects of PTA is to continually better the lives of children. There are multiple programs, including Three for Me, which focuses on increased parent involvement in education.
18. National Battery Day: Batteries play a big part in our daily lives – smoke detectors, cars, toys, flashlights. A good way to celebrate this day is to finally replace the dead batteries that have not beenpowering their products. A battery spill cleaning tip: scrub baking soda in the spill to neutralize the acid, then rinse with water.
Drink Wine Day: On this day, pour yourself a glass of fermented fruit juice. This alcoholic beverage comes in many acidities, ages, and aromas. The process of wine tasting has created an entire wine glossary, many terms that are unfamiliar to myself. For example, a “jeroboam” is a large bottle, the same as 6 regular bottles. And “weingut” is German word for a “vineyard estate”. If that word is on a bottle, the grapes in the wine must come from only the producer’s vineyards.
19. Chocolate Mint Day: One of my favorite flavors is chocolate mint. I’m quite thrilled to know that on February 19th, I can eat my entire box of Thin Mints guilt free. If you don’t have a box of the popular Girl Scout cookie, you can grab some Andes mints or a carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
20. Love Your Pet Day: Today is the day to pamper your pet more than usual. About 39% of American households own at least one dog and 24% own at least two dogs. Cat households make up about 33% of all American households. The percentage drops quite a bit for birds – down to 4%.
21. International Mother Language Day: This observance is set aside to promote language diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced in 1999 by UNESCO, but it wasn’t until 2008 that International Mother Language Day was formally recognized by the UN General Assembly.